Page 4 - Conclusion
Sennheiser has been a veteran in the audio industry for a while, but even great veterans can miss things in the details. The Sennheiser GSP 500 is a very capable and comfortable gaming headset and it fits the mold for the product's targeted audience. To begin with, the GSP 500 is solidly built and I have no qualms with the frame or structure. Its comfortable plush padding on the ears and headband is excellent, and they should not leave users feeling fatigued. When it comes to audio performance, the Sennheiser GSP 500 hits the right notes for gaming situations. With its wide-open space, the soundstaging is one of the best we have seen on gaming headsets. Its V-shaped sound signature fits fine for the gaming audience, though some may not necessarily like the open-back design as it lets noise in. Finally, the microphone is one of the best we have seen on these headsets with a clear recording overall. It may not necessarily compete with external microphones, but for casual streaming and intense dialogue between your friends, this would work great. In the details, there still are areas to clean up on, as the dry treble may leave some users thirsting for something less harsh. In addition, there are some detailing and cleaning things to improve upon. However, this is nitpicky, as the GSP 500 is really targeted at gamers and casual music listeners. One thing you may have an issue with is just its huge footprint on your head, as it protrudes comically outward. I would like to see a slightly slimmed down headset personally. Overall, I think this headset does fit the target market well. At a list price of $229 USD, the Sennheiser GSP 500 does not come cheap, but overall its build and sound quality are great for its use case, with an excellent soundstage to boot.
Sennheiser provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks; but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.5/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
The Sennheiser GSP 500 is a great gaming headset with an open soundstage to aid you in all your gaming desires.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware
3. Subjective Audio Analysis